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How to Better Time-Manage Your Life While Remaining Open to the Possibilities Around You

Within our lives, time seems to pass by rather quickly with an endless stream of things to do. We have laundry to do, bills to pay, dinner to cook, and errands to run. In fact, if we aren’t careful, we will spend our lives trying to cross things off from this list, running from task to task and seemingly having less than 24 hours in one day. Oftentimes if this is the case, it is usually because we are trying to do more than we can handle. We say yes more often than we should. We stay on that phone call an extra hour. We don’t make our needs known to our spouse who could have bought dinner or helped out with housework that evening. We spend our lives trying to accomplish enough to feel like enough.

The problem with this is that there will always be more that we need to accomplish. We cannot measure our worth from our accomplishments. We need to be willing to ask for help when we need it and to take breaks when we can. Sometimes taking a nap is the best thing for us. If there is too much to do, sometimes the best thing we can do is rest to rejuvenate and recover from the chaos around us.

We must maintain balance between accomplishing what we need to do and taking care of ourselves. Without proper rest, we will become ill and then be unable to do what is necessary, causing us to lose more time and perhaps even money if we are not able to work. It is also important to allot extra time to accomplish tasks throughout the day such as with commuting to and from locations and to have an extra 15 to 30 minutes for each task.

By also accomplishing only up to three major tasks a day, it is less likely for someone to become overwhelmed. This can also allow more time to do more enjoyable tasks. There must be a balance between doing tasks that we must do and also doing tasks that we truly love. Therefore, it is best to accomplish what needs to be done first in order to do what can truly bring one joy. For example, get an oil change for your car, get the groceries, and do a workout so that you can take a nap or get a massage. Try to do at least one task daily that you enjoy, whether that is watching a television show you like, eating a favorite meal, or even listening to your favorite song and dancing. That way you can accomplish what needs to be done while still looking forward to something and rewarding yourself.

In addition, know whether or not you tend to have more energy in the morning or the evening and try to accomplish most of your tasks then. It is pointless to try and accomplish a morning workout if you truly hate getting up in the morning (of course, this is only if getting up in the morning is an option and not a requirement for work or some other obligation).

Finally, in order to remain open to life’s possibilities, carve out some free time every week where you are not doing anything or having to go anywhere. Sometimes, things can happen spontaneously during this period, or you may even just have some free time to reflect. This can help you be better prepared in the event that something does suddenly occur or only to allow you to relax and just appreciate the moment. After that, that is what life is all about.

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